Rob McCallum, FRGS
Founding Partner, Expedition Leader
Rob McCallum, EYOS Founding Partner, is an Expedition Leader and consultant. His diverse background ranges from guiding a complete circumnavigation of Antarctica by icebreaker to extensive deep ocean searching.Email Rob ›
Rob has led expeditions for a wide variety of clients and spent decades mounting complex logistical operations in remote locations throughout the world.
Working first in the South Pacific as a New Zealand park ranger and a UN Technical Advisor, he gained extensive knowledge of this region and its culture.
Living in Papua New Guinea for over 10 years, he became proficient in the neo-Melanesian languages of Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands.
Expedition Leader and Divemaster
Later, Rob began leading expeditions to Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and French Polynesia as a Divemaster.
Five Deeps Expedition
Rob served as the Primary Mission Planner as well as the Expedition Leader for the Five Deeps Expedition. As part of the EYOS team assigned to the expedition, he successfully planned, led and managed the record breaking expedition on its helical circumnavigation of the globe to conquer the deepest point of each of the world’s five oceans.
Arctic and Antarctic
He also has spent two decades of guiding and leading expeditions in the Arctic and Antarctic, including extensive time in the Ross Sea.
Submersible Operations Expert
Rob is an acknowledged expert in deep-water submersible operations.
RMS Titanic and Bismark
He has led multiple expeditions to the RMS Titanic (12,500ft) and battleship Bismarck (15,500ft).
Air France 447
Since 2007, he has used his M.Sc (management) to help with design and management of many complex deep-water expeditions, including the search for Air France 447.
In 2012, he was the coordinator for the PNG test program for James Cameron’s record-setting dive to the Mariana Trench, the deepest point of the ocean.
Alucia Yacht Construction
Rob managed the construction of the research vessel and yacht Alucia over four years, combining his expertise in deep-ocean operations with expedition management.
Today, the vessel is widely considered the world’s foremost deep-water expedition vessel.
In addition to working with exclusive clients interested in exploring beyond the beaten path, Rob has consulted for the National Geographic Society, Discovery Channel, the Norwegian Navy, BBC, NHK and CNN.
Other Notable Things
Rob is a licensed aircraft pilot, a PADI Divemaster, an enthusiastic member of the Explorers Club (NY) and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in London.